Kathleen Parker: Obama helps no one by making himself the 'victim in chief'

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  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 28, 2013 10:40 a.m.

    @Mainly Me
    Abraham Lincoln was the most divisive in history. The nation literally divided after his elevtion.

    @Mike Richards
    "Obama is not qualified to be President."

    The voters seem to disagree with your assessment.

    "you need to know that leader is 'your leader' regardless of your skin color or race or religion or political bias. Obama has never provided that leadership and even those on the left would have to admit that. "

    The left had no real primary challenge to Obama and he was re-elected. Seems like white people (since that's the demographic you're implying here) on the left like myself don't agree with your assessment. The only thing you listed that you're correct on is political bias since conservatives don't feel that way but I mean... conservatives are beaten over the head with a message that Obama is a fascist commie so... is it really his fault if Rush is the primary source of information for those people?

  • bandersen Saint George, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:31 p.m.

    Hope springs eternal! The formerly unspoken, now spoken, conservative viewpoint that has winnowed its way into print is quite a thing. The title is well deserved and well earned. The liberals and the state run media will be livid. Alas, liberals, take heart. The mirror on the wall will not diminish your adoration of the reflection.

  • TheProudDuck Newport Beach, CA
    Aug. 27, 2013 3:29 p.m.

    Lagomorph, I'd suggest that a Michael Moore "documentary" may not be entirely dispositive as evidence.

    The ugly truth is that people made the Trayvon Martin case a racial issue -- in the utter absence of evidence -- and people have been violently attacked, possibly even killed, as a result of the racial animus that was thereby stirred up. (The murderer of the Australian basketball player Lane gleefully reported he'd attacked multiple white people because of the Zimmerman verdict, and stated that he hated white people.)

    The race industry is great for its merchants of grievance, but it has blood on its hands. Teach people that society hates them, some of them may believe your shtick, and become resentful, alienated and hostile. And that hostility isn't limited to the alleged oppressor caste; once you adopt a hostile worldview, it tends to manifest against anybody convenient. Which goes a long way to explaining why so many young black men don't think twice about killing each other. Teach a man to hate -- even if the hate has some justification -- and you cripple him, maybe even put him on the path to his grave. But at least you get to feel sanctimonious.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:30 p.m.

    Lagomorph. Obama said Trayvon Martin could be his son and that he Obama could be Trayvon. He never said a word about the black on white crimes we have seen lately, not ONE word! Draw your own conclusions!

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 2:24 p.m.

    when you have a leader you need to know that leader is 'your leader' regardless of your skin color or race or religion or political bias. Obama has never provided that leadership and even those on the left would have to admit that. With Barack it has always been "his people" vs the rest of us. How sad is that? The media has helped reenforce this sad indictment but Barack himself has repeatedly made the point who 'his people' were and it comprises about 50% of America. What about the other 50%??? I guess we are the bad guys in Barack's eyes. The infamous thing Barack will be remembered for is all the wars the man manufactured in America - race wars, gender wars, class wars, religion wars, states wars etc..... division division division. From the moment the man gave his first speech on inauguration day it has been a down hill slide ever since. I cannot look or listen to the man and say truthfully that is my president. It isn't. He is the president of 'his people' but most folks in the West or Mid - West or South don't fit. Disgusting.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    "Black on black crime: no news media coverage...
    Black on white crime: very little news coverage...
    White on black crime: Front page news for months..."

    You might want to look up "confirmation bias" or try providing some actual data instead of supposition. How many total column inches or minutes of airtime are produced on crime coverage, and what is the racial breakdown by perpetrator and victim, compared to actual crime rates?

    Anecdotal, I know, but as I recall, a black-on-white murder case had every TV network in the country glued to a car chase and generated the "Trial of the Century" awhile back. "Very little news coverage" indeed.

    I would maintain that newsworthiness is based on the circumstances of the crime more than the race of the participants. Celebrity kills spouse. Newsworthy. Cops kill unarmed person. Newsworthy. Neighborhood watch volunteer kills unarmed man after 911 operator advises him to back off, Newsworthy. Mother kills children. Newsworthy. Events like these will generate news coverage irrespective of race. Your perception of news coverage is colored by your own agenda.

    Quiz: How many abducted blond girls can you name from the news? How how many black ones?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:26 a.m.

    I agree with the victim status of President Obama.

    I think it is totally involuntary on his part.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 10:04 a.m.

    you play the race card sooooooo well.

  • m.g. scott clearfield, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:05 a.m.

    Might surprise many liberals, and or minorities, but I've noticed that if I am on an elevator alone with a woman she acts cautious and is on alert. Only common sense. So much so that if it looks like I'd be riding alone with one woman on a elevator, I will not take it and wait for another just so I don't cause her worry. Truth is, I think many in the minority community see everything as race, even when it might not be race, but just human. And, as you have already figured out, I am white.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 9:03 a.m.

    I usually respect Kathleen Parker as one of the more thoughtful, saner, and more empathetic conservative voices. How disappointing that today she so casually dismisses the very real experiences of people of color.

    I will agree with her that presentation (e.g. wardrobe, demeanor) is important in how others perceive you as a threat. And socioeconomic class is probably as significant as race. A homeless white man will induce cringes same as a black kid in a hoodie. However, race still is a major factor and its role should not be diminished.

    In his short-lived television series "TV Nation" filmmaker Michael Moore conducted an experiment similar to Parker's. He had two men hail taxis. One was actor Yaphet Kotto, a distinguished, award winning black man, dressed in a conservative suit and topcoat. The other was an ex-con, a convicted murderer (maybe multiple murderer?), white, shabbily dressed. The taxis invariably bypassed Kotto and picked up the killer. Can you seriously argue that presentation alone and not race is the relevant threat analysis criterion?

    I have mentored Latino youth. I can personally attest that there is a palpable difference being in a store with them than alone.

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    Aug. 27, 2013 8:52 a.m.

    Obama is not qualified to be President. He's proven that every time that he's blamed someone else for his failure. He doesn't know how to be President. He doesn't understand the duties of his office. He doesn't understand that the Executive Branch of government is limited in its authority. He doesn't understand what taking an oath means.

    When historians write his history, he will shown to be exactly who he is. He won't be able to spin that history. He won't be able to use government resources to intimidate "sources".

    Just as Kathleen has pointed out, he will be known as the "victim President". That's an "honor" that no President would ever aspire to receive; but, he has earned it fairly and he deserves it fully.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    BO's a typical dem - any time he fails, it's someone else's fault

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    Aug. 27, 2013 7:14 a.m.

    Obama has joined the ranks of the worthless race hustlers of America. Need proof?

    Black on black crime: no news media coverage, no social commentary from the race hustlers, including Obama.
    Black on white crime: very little news coverage, no comments or condemnation from race hustlers including Obama as we have seen recently.
    White on black crime: Front page news for months, protest marches, rallies in the streets, racist comments from Obama and cries of racism in America from the rest of the race hustlers.
    Liberals are very uncomfortable discussing black on black crime because it tears apart their agendas, Obama included. Only white on black crime advances their "victimhood" agendas.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 27, 2013 5:51 a.m.

    Yes Ms Parker. Because racial prejudice is EXACTLY like how affluent white women are treated when they dress down. Are you really that clueless?

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Aug. 27, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    The Dear Leader is the single most divisive president in history. He has tried appealing to everyone and everything to ram his socialist agenda through Congress. He portrays himself as every man. He's a Muslim, a Christian and a Jew. He's the guy on the street drinking a beer, he was born to a single mother, he's a drone warrior, he got bin Ladin, he's a green first president, he's for gay rights, etc.

    What he isn't is presidential.